China Scholarship Council

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In partnership with the University of Toronto (U of T), the China Scholarship Council (CSC) offers scholarships to outstanding Chinese students who will pursue doctoral or postdoctoral studies at U of T under the established collaborative program: China Scholarship Council – University of Toronto Joint Funding Program.

The CSC aims to fund in its annual competition:

·         20 Chinese students for U of T's PhD program for up to 48 months

·         20 Chinese visiting PhD ​students at U of T, for up to 24 months

·         10 postdoctoral fellows for up to 24 months

·         10 visiting scholars for up to 12 months


PhD degree program students:

CSC will provide successful candidates a living allowance as prescribed by the Chinese Government (which includes UHIP) for up to forty-eight (48) months, a return international airfare and visa application fees. For 2018-19, the living allowance was $19,200 CAD per year. U of T will provide funding equivalent to the full cost of tuition and endeavour to provide other economic supports whenever possible by offering teaching assistantships or research assistantships.

Visiting PhD students, Postdoctoral fellows and visiting scholars:

CSC will provide successful candidates a living allowance as prescribed by the Chinese Government (which includes health insurance) for the duration of the scholarship as determined by CSC, a return international airfare and visa application fees. U of T will provide the necessary resources and equipment, e.g. office space, laboratory, computer, network, library access, etc. Postdoctoral fellows will also receive additional financial support from their U of T supervisors.


In order to qualify for a CSC doctoral scholarship, the candidate must be a Chinese citizen.  Applicants may be living in China or pursuing an undergraduate or master's degree at a foreign institution (including U of T). Residents of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan are ineligible for this opportunity.  Eligible students will have excellent marks, and will undertake to return to China upon completion of their studies.

PhD degree program applicants must also meet all of the U of T's requirements for admission to a doctoral program. Typically, this entails the prior completion of a degree equivalent to a U of T Master's as well as meeting the minimum academic and English language requirements. PhD Direct Entry applicants are also eligible to be considered for CSC. In order to apply for the CSC scholarship, applicants must already have received an offer of admission from the University of Toronto formatted appropriately for the CSC application.

Current first year U of T PhD students in the funded cohort are typically ineligible to apply as they must demonstrate that no or limited funding (no more than $1600 CAD per year) is being received.

How to Apply​

For the 2018 CSC PhD degree and visiting program, the CSC Application Platform is open between March 10 - 31, 2019 (Beijing time) during which you must submit all required documents.

See details below for:

·         PhD degree program applicants;

·         Visiting PhD students; and

·         Postdoctoral fellows


PhD degree program a​​pplicants:

Step 1: Apply to the University of Toronto for admission to a PhD program as required, but early enough to obtain an official offer of admission letter before CSC application deadline.

IMPORTANT: When applying, indicate on the SGS Online Admissions Application that you will be applying for the "China Scholarship Council - University of Toronto Joint Funding Program". In addition, make sure to notify the graduate unit, and your potential supervisor that you will also be applying for a CSC scholarship.

Step 2: Apply to CSC via the CS​C Application Platform between March 10 - 31, 2019 (Beijing time). 

Once you receive the appropriate official U of T offer of admission letter, you may then use this letter to include in your CSC application. Please note that as per the CSC guidelines, the offer letter must state that admission is conditional upon obtaining CSC funding. Admission conditional upon obtaining confirmation of conferred Master's degree is permitted. The letter shall not include conditions such as academic performance or English language proficiency.

You will be required to provide various documents in your CSC application:

  • Recommendation letter from Chinese home university*
  • Copy of the official U of T offer of admission letter formatted specifically for CSC
  • Plan of Study (in English and signed by supervisor)
  • Proposed U of T supervisor's CV (signed by supervisor)
  • Copy of undergraduate transcript
  • Proof of English proficiency 
  • Copy of Chinese Identity Card
  • Copy of the highest academic certificate or diploma

The full list of items is available on the CSC website.

*Applications from students studying in mainland China require a recommendation letter from their home university.  Applications from outside of China will be evaluated and recommended to CSC via the Chinese Consulate-General in the country they are residing at the time of application. Further information on this process is available on the CSC website.

Visiting PhD students:

Step 1: Visit the SGS International Visiting Graduate Student (IVGS) Study Abroad Program website for instructions.

Step 2: Find a prospective supervisor.

Please feel free to review our list of degree programs; each fact sheet on our listing links back to website of the graduate unit (department, faculty, or institute) offering that program, where you can review a list of faculty members. Before contacting a prospective supervisor, please check the School of Graduate Studies' listing to ensure that they do, in fact, hold a graduate faculty appointment.

Step 3: Your prospective supervisor should draft a letter of invitation that clearly lays out the agreed terms of the visit, and both the letter and the IVGS Study Abroad Agreement need to be signed by the appropriate parties. Once all signatures have been obtained, send the completed form and letter to for final approval.

Step 4: If the School of Graduate Studies approves the visit, you will be issued an official offer of admission to the School of Graduate Studies as a full-time visiting graduate student.

Step 5: Apply to CSC via the CSC Application Platform.

Once you receive the appropriate offer letter, you may then use this letter to include in your CSC application. 


Postdoctoral fellows:

Step 1: Visit the SGS Prospective Postdoctoral Fellows website for information on finding a prospective supervisor.

Step 2: Your prospective supervisor in collaboration with the departmental business officer issues an offer letter which follows U of T established guidelines. If a supervisor wishes to extend a formal offer contingent upon you securing a CSC scholarship, the supervisor should contact the SGS Postdoctoral Office for a template letter that may use to support your CSC application. In order to hold a post-doctoral position on the basis of an external award, the annual funding (counting external awards and any stipend paid by their supervisor) must meet the university's minimum stipend of $34,000 (as at January 2018).  ​​

Step 3: Apply to CSC via the CSC Application Platform.

Once you receive the appropriate offer letter, you may then use this letter to include in your CSC application. 


Fong Di Caterina, Manager, Graduate Awards
School of Graduate Studies
Tel: 416-978-2150

刘佳睿 (Gary Liu), Program Officer
Division of American and Oceanian Affairs
China Scholarship Council